Palestine calls Guatemala’s embassy move ‘shameful and illegal’

The Palestinian foreign ministry on Monday slammed Guatemala’s decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem after the US recognized the divided city as the capital of Israel.

“It’s a shameful and illegal act that goes totally against the wishes of church leaders in Jerusalem” and violates a non-binding UN General Assembly resolution condemning the US move, the ministry said in a statement, AFP reported.

“The state of Palestine considers this as a flagrant act of hostility against the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people and international law,” it said.

“The state of Palestine will act with regional and international partners to oppose this illegal decision.”

Guatemala’s announcement on Sunday came after two-thirds of UN member states approved a motion rejecting President Trump’s controversial decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Guatemala was among only eight countries to join the US on Thursday in voting against the resolution.

Trump’s announcement earlier this month sparked anger in the Palestinian territories and across the Muslim world.

Israel seized the eastern part of Jerusalem in the 1967 Six Day War and later annexed it in a move not recognized by the international community.

Israelis see the whole of the city as their undivided capital while the Palestinians view the east as the capital of their future state.

With Post wires

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